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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 17, 2013 5:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Furthur Hiatus

http://www.jambase.com/Articles/119430/Furthur-Announces-Hiatus-For-Most-Of-2014

After more than four years of heavy, year-round touring, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have decided to put their band Furthur on hiatus in 2014. After the four night Furthur run in Mexico in January, the band will take the rest of 2014 off so that Phil and Bob can focus on their countless solo projects.

Furthur came together in September, 2009, and from its inception was a band Phil and Bob were completely committed to, and still are. In the 18 years since the Grateful Dead stopped being a touring entity, Furthur has proven to be the longest-tenured, and most active band featuring two or more former members of the Grateful Dead. With shows that keep the Dead vibe alive while pushing the musical envelope, well, furthur, this band has brought smiles to hundreds of thousands of fans in the past four years. Most impressive is that this has become a true band, and not just Phil and Bob plus some side players. John Kadlecik (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), Joe Russo (drums), and Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson (vocals) have joined the trip to create a band that has become one of the most exciting, honest and inspired touring acts in music today.

What does 2014 hold for Phil and Bob? If their activities outside of Furthur in the past four years are any indication, plenty. Phil’s been playing virtually every night when not on tour with Furthur, whether at his Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA, or on the road with Phil Lesh & Friends. Bob’s been hosting one of the most unique web-based variety shows in history, Weir Here, every Wednesday night when he’s not touring, presented live from his TRI Studios in San Rafael. Additionally, Bob’s been having a blast playing his solo acoustic shows, as well as other gigs and tours with newer arrivals to the party. He plans to keep doing what he’s doing, and more of it.

The last time the word “hiatus” was used in regards to the Grateful Dead world was in 1974, and we all know how much good that break inspired. They returned a year and a half later, stronger than ever, and for another 20 years. Furthur’s not breaking up; they’re simply taking a much-needed break. One way or another, we’ll see you around.



....so chimenti needs to hop back in with jay lane, skerik, and others for some more musical adventures with colonel les claypool's frog brigade...

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Sep 18, 2013 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Hiatus

Saw that coming...
Furthur changed my life in its own special way that no band since 1995 had done. God Bless the guys & gal.

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Poster: TDCarowindz Date: Sep 19, 2013 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Hiatus

God bless you guys! thanks for taking care of yourselves and sharing so much of yourself with us. peace

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Poster: buscameby Date: Sep 18, 2013 11:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Hiatus

So glad I will have this weekend at the Rocks! 4 last nights with Phil and Bob will be sentimental.

I am trying to get to the Mexico shows, we have time share with the hotel but can't get a straight answer if I get into all 4 shows down there and where it is being played. Dec 31 is my wife and my 25th anniversary!

I hope Phil still finds the energy to do some Waren and Jackie shows, Scofield would be fun again too, maybe Jimmy Herring too!

As long as the MUSIC NEVER STOPS!!!!!!!!!!

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Poster: SaintSteveg Date: Sep 18, 2013 7:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Hiatus

It seems to me like the right thing to do. I was all over Furthur for several years, but to be honest I had stopped listening to them lately. I could be way wrong because I was not paying attention, but it sounded to me like they were just mining the same old vein. I actually enjoy what Phil and especially Bob are doing in their other projects better, and I thought Jeff was the most dynamic musician in the band.

The Grateful Dead was the heart of my musical life for decades, but I seem to be moving on as well. Lately I have been more interested in the descendants of Bill Monroe (and David Grisman) such as Greensky Bluegrass, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Elephant Revival. It is a deep rooted movement that was part of what the Dead were exploring, but that was then - this is now. There is a lot of vital, exciting, imaginative and sincere music happening that is new. I have enough Grateful Dead in my own archive to listen to forever. It is time, at least for me, to let go of the past.

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Poster: segan63 Date: Sep 18, 2013 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Hiatus

I too, have felt that Furthur couldn't show me anymore. They didn't seem to be evolving, fun as the early years were. I would love to see Phil and Steve Kimock somehow mend fences and recreate some of that 1999 Phil and Friends magic that also featured Trey...But, as is usually the case, the next big Dead related thing will probably be unforeseen.

I understand your sentiment about moving on from the Dead. I feel like my tastes sometimes change, but I always seem to come back to the Dead. Right now, I have been listening to a ton of jazz(Miles Davis, Coltrane, John Handy, etc...). The funny thing is, I never would have gotten into this music without the Grateful Dead...

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Sep 19, 2013 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Hiatus

I also got a little burnt on Furthur . Had that feeling that they needed to change .
Phil's other things, seem more interesting to me . Frankly, though, I never get tired of the Grateful Dead, and Jerry Garcia . I might slow down on them, for a bit, but always come back . These days, I am not much of a pop/rock guy . I mainly listen to classical, or jazz (yes, the GD got me there also ), with a smattering of blues, country , old r&b etc (also "Dead related"). But the Dead's combo of improvisation, rock n' roots music, and the unique soulfulness of Jerry Garcai never gets old for me .
I wish these guys the best, and hope they still find something interesting to say musically .

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Poster: SaintSteveg Date: Sep 18, 2013 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Furthur Hiatus

Yup, I hear you. I know I will be checking into the Dead again along the way (if they do that 30 days of downloads in November again I'll be on that like flies on dung). And I know that whenever I am listening to bluegrass, or blues, or reggae, or whatever that the Grateful Dead influenced me and led the way into those branches of my musical roots.